Interview With The Vampire author Anne Rice has announced on her Facebook page that the screen rights to her Vampire Chronicles books have now returned to her, and that she plans to turn them into an epic TV series.
“The theatrical rights to the Vampire Chronicles are once again in my hands, free and clear! I could not be more excited about this!” she writes. “A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius and the entire tribe. In this the new Golden Age of television, such a series is THE way to let the entire story of the vampires unfold… Over the years you all have told me how much you want to see a Game Of Thrones-style faithful rendering of this material, and how much you want for the series to remain in my control. Well, I have heard you. I have always heard you.”
There have been two films based on the series so far, but they never felt like part of the same series, just a random brace of movies made by and starring a bunch of different people. After the highly-acclaimed Interview With The Vampire (1994), directed by Neil Jordan and starring Tom Cruise as Lestat (stunt casting that actually paid off, to everyone’s surprise) there was the frankly dire Queen Of The Damned (2002) with Stuart Townsend doing a creditable impression of a slab of concrete as Lestat.
In 2014, Universal and Imagine Entertainment acquired the film rights to the Vampire Chronicles series, and in May 2016, writer-director Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars, New Mutants) posted a photo on Instagram of the cover a script for a new version of Interview With The Vampire written by him and Jill Killington, based on the novel of the same name and its sequel, The Vampire Lestat.
“As many of you know, Universal Studios and Imagine Entertainment had optioned the series to develop motion pictures from it,” admits Rice in her Facebook post, “and though we had the pleasure of working with many fine people in connection with this plan, it did not work out. It is, more than ever, abundantly clear that television is where the vampires belong.”
Going into more detail about the proposed series she reveals, “My son Christopher Rice and I will be developing a pilot script and a detailed outline for an open ended series, faithfully presenting Lestat’s story as it is told in the books, complete with the many situations that readers expect to see. We will likely begin with The Vampire Lestat and move on from there. When we sit down finally to talk to producers, we will have a fully realised vision of this project with Christopher as the executive producer at the helm. I will also be an executive producer all the way.
“I am filled with optimism this morning about the future for my beloved Brat Prince. What better way to start a tour for the new book!” she concludes, referring to Prince Lestat And The Realms Of Atlantis, which is due out on 29 November. Lovely timing on the publicity front, Ms Rice. [via ComicBookResources]